Jun 302014

Find your next role at the next Pitching for Management event in Oxford on 1 July 2014 at 6.00pm - 9.30pm.


pitching for managementAt these events, exciting start-up and entrepreneurial businesses present their companies and the roles available to a room of senior quality business professionals. The roles on offer range from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.


  1. We are a team-based social recruitment and collaboration platform for freelancers, project leaders and employers in the fast-evolving world of work. Our mission is to become a leading online talent acquisition and management platform - and the leading platform worldwide for sourcing or joining dynamic, flexible project teams, no matter how “commercial” or “social” those projects are. We're a prefunded start-up (with a campaign now running on Crowdcube) but we already have a live prototype that's in active use and that we're consistently developing. The current team consists of a CEO/Head of Product, CTO/Lead Developer and a Community Development Director. We're seeking a Chair who would also be responsible for developing investor relations and a part-time FD who would also be responsible for looking after corporate governance issues (or one person to fulfil both roles). Remuneration would be on a sweat equity and/or results basis at this stage. If you're interested in working with us but have something different to offer than the requirements given above, still please feel free to talk to us!

  2. We have built an event information and promotion platform that harnesses end user existing calendar apps. We are now targeting museums, societies, charities, and sports clubs who want to increase tickets sales and/or attendance with better interaction with their target supporters/ users/ friends and customers. We are looking for business development people to join our team to achieve  introductions to sports agencies, ticketing agencies, theatre groups and associations with large memberships. The Women’s Institute, the Royal Yachting Association, the National Trust and Sport England are all great examples of partners we would like to work with.

  3. We enable teams to collaborate effectively on their written content, ensuring quality and accountability via our easy-to-use, powerful web platform. Our model is B2B SaaS, focused initially on the book-publishing industry but with opportunities to expand into other exciting areas. Our platform is in private beta with several companies, and we have our commercial launch in October. We are looking for someone to help the executive team to develop and drive our sales and customer-relationship strategy.

  4. We are the largest mobile wood fired pizza company in theUKbased in Oxfordshire. We currently operate from three units but are looking to expand to fifty. We are looking for astrategist to come on board and take the business to the next level, to expand the companyand help raise finance in the future.  

You will also be able to join in the debate to discuss What Makes a Management Team Investable with David Mott from Oxford Capital Partners and Leo Dunne from Arelldee Associates.


18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Critchleys

18.35 : 1st Challenge

18.45 : 2nd Challenge


19.40 : 3rd Challenge

19.50 : 4th Challenge

20.00 : Duncan White - Marks & Clerk

20.10 : Networking and Refreshments

21.15:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of the events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248. 

Book your place now by clicking this link

Dec 052013

As a company director how effective is your board at strategic risk governance?

strategic risk governance

Along with setting direction and monitoring performance, the governance of risk is a fundamental responsibility of Directors and Boards. As Harry Yarger of the US Army War College has written,

"Acceptance of risk is the ultimate leadership decision."

In recent years, this fiduciary duty has become much more important: In a world of greatly increased complexity and uncertainty, skill in avoiding failure is critical to achieving success and delivering substantial returns. Yet in executing their duty to govern risk, Directors and Boards face some deeply unsettling issues today. As Peter Whitehead wrote in the Financial Times,

"the root cause of most company failure lies in the boardroom, with a serious skills gap and risk blindness being the most common factors." ("Company Disasters: Boards are to Blame" FT, 5 June 13).

A June 2013 report by Cass Business School on over 40 company failures concluded that these firms,

"had underlying weaknesses that made them especially prone both to crises and to the escalation of a crisis into a disaster. These weaknesses … potentially inherent in all organisations … can pose an existential threat to any firm, however substantial, that fails to recognise and manage them. These risk areas are beyond the scope of insurance and mainly beyond the reach of traditional risk analysis and management techniques as they have evolved so far." This challenge is further compounded by an impeded flow of risk-relevant information to many boards and directors. As the Cass report noted, "there appears to be a risk ‘glass ceiling’, with often an inability or unwillingness of risk management and internal audit to report on risks to … non-executive directors, particularly risks arising from strategy, behaviour and culture (as opposed to operations)".

Finally, as the UK Government Actuaries Department observed in January 2013,

"there is very little academic work or methodology around the real thing that matters for Boards. The challenge is strategic risk. How do you manage and handle strategic risk -- the thing that really matters."

Strategic Risk Governance - A one-day workshop for company directors

February 4 2014 - 9:00am to 4:30pm, Advanced Business Solutions, Milton Park, Oxford

This one-day workshop aims to improve your risk governance skills and begin to improve your strategic risk vision.

Who should attend?

Executive and Non-Executive Directors of companies in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies the role of a company director in effectively governing risk
  • Provides the tools necessary to enable effective strategic risk governance

Course objectives

Drawing upon up-to-date case study examples and interactive sessions you will learn:

  • What makes strategic risks different from operational risks
  • Where to look and how to identify the key strategic risks you may face
  • The key failure modes of strategic risk governance at board level
  • How to improve your strategic risk evaluation
  • The behavioural blind-spots that impede your board level risk evaluations
  • The key processes that your board could adopt to improve its risk governance skills
  • How to improve your organisation’s strategic risk mitigation

Course Leaders:

Neil Britten CDir FIoD

NeilPhotoNeil Britten is a UK Institute of Directors, qualified Chartered Director, non-executive chairman and director with over a decade’s board level experience of strategy, risk governance and strategic performance monitoring.

Prior to roles as a professional director he was Vice President for a major international consulting firm focused on strategy and strategic change and an executive with a major oil and chemicals conglomerate. His experience spans work, in the UK, France, Australia and over 20 other countries, as an executive in and advisor to mostly large, multinational corporations in technology, oil & gas, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He has also acted as an advisor to private equity investors in start-ups and SMEs. private and public sectors.See his LinkedIn profile here:

Tom Coyne

TCImageTom Coyne has served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk officer and Director of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Canada.

He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in South America, and later joined the London office of a major global consulting firm, where he led its Corporate Growth Center of Excellence. For the past three years, Tom has been a member of the leading team in the United States Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency's forecasting tournament. He has also written for a number of investment research publications on the subjects of risk management and asset allocation. His papers on strategic risk governance and strategy evaluation are top downloads from the Social Science Research Network. See his LinkedIn profile here: 

Key Details

Duration: 1 day
Location: Oxford, Bristol

£350.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price
£315.00 (ex VAT)
Tier1 Member Price
£280.00 (ex VAT) 

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

Courses can be delivered 'in-house' to a group of Directors - to find out more contact courses@excellencia.co.uk or call 01173 827 820